Sewing

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Soft small pieces of fabric sewn with a few straight or decorative stitches embellished with some lengths of satin ribbon and tiny laces can become a thoughtful gift for a new baby. Handmade baby gifts are a delightful treasure and always greatly appreciated by new parents.

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The bandana has become an iconic summer fabric favorite. Like its Americana counterpart - blue jeans, it has withstood the test of time. Bandanas are thrift-store, dollar-store, discount-darlings readily available, inexpensive and able to add instant whimsical appeal to clothing and home décor.

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Pillowcase dresses are a quick and easy way to sew a charming sleeveless summer dress for a little girl. Delightfully nostalgic a pillowcase dress, especially if embroidered or printed with a lovely design or with a scalloped edge, can be a charming way to use a lovingly saved heirloom.

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While coming up with a unique and thoughtful gift for Father’s Day may be a challenge, especially for the dad who seems to have everything, consider a few simple sewing projects that may bring a smile on the face of that awesome guy.

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Sewing tips can be found just about anywhere. On the inside packaging of notions, among the pages of glossy sewing magazines, at sewing groups on just about any social media platform as well as numerous online tutorials, videos, and online classes. Every sewer has their favorite tips for sewing.

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Stabilizers are generally non-woven textiles placed inside or under fabric pieces during construction to provide support and stability to the garment when stitching, particulary during embroidery. Stabilizers are different than iron-on or sew-on interfacings which also provide fabric support.

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A home sewer’s printed tissue sewing pattern is like a printed paper road map; the directions on getting from one place to another are all tantalizingly provided, but it’s up to the reader to interpret and make sense of how to get from point A (You Are Here) to point B (Unfamiliar There).

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The ubiquitous zipper that opens and closes our garments, upholstery items, coats, purses, handbags, sporting goods, camping gear and more, effortlessly at that, has a long history dating back to the 1850s. Sewing a zipper in clothing needn’t be a sewer's lament.

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Fashioning jewelry for personal adornment out of fabric and fibers has a long history. The usual metals, stones or fired glass materials is customary for jewelry making in modern times however, early artisans most likely had knotted threads, strips of leather, cording and woven fibers to work with.

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The historical significance of the hankie, this most unassuming of clothing accessories, a mere square of delicate cloth usually hand embroidered, at times bejeweled by the wealthy, and in its unadorned form and utilitarian use carried in men’s breast or pants pocket cannot be denied.